Thank you Lubna for taking your time to review our story, and for your readers' encouraging comments. And I was grateful for the opportunity to pass forward two copies of our book for your school project in India. For a former teacher, any chance to encourage reading in youth is a rewarding action, indeed.
The Bookworm Review:
To get our full story, you can either download the six novellas on www.smashwords.com
Or it is now available internationally on Amazon as a complete set:
When writing, an author puts her soul on paper, open for the world to read. It is even a greater risk when the subject is not fiction, but her own family who is exposed. I suppose that is why there is no biography in our story. It was my hope you would learn to understand the characters though the five months of spending time together as we explored the world in our journal. Plus, how do you sum up those you love in a few introductory paragraphs? It is something I continue to struggle with each time I am asked to write a biography.
We are not defined by what we do, or what has happened to us in the past.
We are, I suppose, a hard-working, determined, active living family. We are blessed to have a lot of opportunity, and the drive to capitalize on it. We are Western Canadian, and I guess following in that stereotype, we say please and thank you a lot, we drive pickup trucks, can tolerate really cold weather (though we do not like it) and we are self-sufficient and resourceful. We like both country and rock music and strong-minded, intelligent conversations. And though we can plan ahead, we are spontaneous, quick thinking and decisive. We like to have fun, and love to laugh. And can find humour in the worst of situations... that came in handy on our trip.
Are we rich? I think everyone is rich if he is counting the right things. Travel can be done in many ways, and not all of them are expensive. It costs very little to go camping in the woods. Hiking is free. And groceries cost the same (or even less) in any place you may eat, including home. Did our trip require an investment? Yes. And a series of choices. Everything is a trade-off. It required sacrificing one set of things for another.
Mostly, it required the courage to change our priorities. And to put time spent with our children first. Everyone has the same 24 hours in every day. It is a matter of choosing how you will spend them. And everyone makes that choice each day.
Time is our most precious resource. Thank you for spending yours reading our story, and taking the time to encourage others to do the same. I wish every family could share the world with their kids, like we did with ours, and yet realize that is not always possible.
That is why I wrote the book: to encourage, to entertain, to educate, and to share the world with you, and yours.